Jan 22, 2010 5:01pm
Re: tighten up, beautiful jam
You asked for it. Hold your breath.
The structure of Eyes, at least the 73-74 incarnation of it, usually goes like this:
Introductory riff on Emaj7 chord (everyone usually screams at this point)
First jam section/Jerry solo, on a repeating four-bar chord pattern: Emaj7 | Emaj7 | Bmin7 | Bmin7
Second jam section/Jerry solo, on a slightly different four-bars: Emaj7 | Emaj7 | Bmin7 | Bmin7
(The rest of the song is more or less jamming/soloing on single chords)
Jam on Emaj7, lasts any number of bars; Phil usually solos here
Jam on G#min7, usually lasts exactly 8 bars; Jerry usually solos here
Jam on Emaj7, any number of bars; Phil usually solos here
Jam on G#min7, usually lasts exactly 8 bars; Jerry solo
Jam on Emaj7, any number of bars; Jerry often joins Phil in soloing here
Jam on D#min7, usually lasts exactly 8 bars
Jam on Cdim7, usually lasts exactly 8 bars (often gets really intense - this might be the dissonant part you are talking about)
CRASH down to Emaj7, stays here for a little while
Jam on D#min7, hangs out here for a bit, then...
(*) That awesome riff in D#min7; this part is 7 bars of 7/4 time (count it!), and then the eighth bar is 6/4
(**) Drops down a half tone to Dmin7, jam here for 8 bars
(*) again (they usually do this riff three times)
Finally we drop back down to Dmin7 again and it stays here till the end of the song, dying out/transitioning into some other song (i.e. China Doll, Stella Blue). China Doll is in the key of D minor, so since the jam ends in D minor that transition works particularly nicely.
They sometimes would forgo the 7/4 riff at the end of the jam - on 11/14/73, they skip it and Weir brings it straight back into the Other One. They did it almost every single time they played the song during this period though - even the very first version (2/9/73) has it!